Manila’s Subway: Japan to Fund Southeast Asia’s ‘Project of the Century’

  Of Japan’s infrastructure, it is the subway that visiting Filipinos approve of the most: the technology, the mechanics, the efficiency. They will have one in Metro Manila in eight years, as the Japanese government is set to finance the Philippines’ first subway.   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed […]

Can Terror Tag Pressure North Korea to Release Japanese Abductees?

  Will this be a means for progress on the abduction issue?   On November 20th the United States announced that, once again, it was designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. It has been nine years since North Korea was last designated as such.     Economic aid to countries designated as sponsors of terrorism is […]

Bumpy Road Ahead for ‘Quad’ Initiative of US, Japan, Australia, India

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attend a trilateral meeting at ASEAN.      A recent meeting between officials from the United States, Japan, Australia, and India on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and has set the news circles aflutter not only in these countries, but […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific

  President Donald Trump has just ended a surprisingly successful five-country first visit to Asia. His marathon 12-day tour began on a positive note with a warm reception by Japan’s government and people. There was much curiosity, but no demonstrations against, surrounding his visit—unlike those which occurred in the ROK and the Philippines. Regardless, there was […]

To Counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Japan, India Can Look to Iran’s Chabahar Port

  India recently sent over its first shipment of wheat to Afghanistan via Chabahar Port in Iran, marking a new beginning as far as economic interconnectivity in the region is concerned. The opening of this new route allows New Delhi access to not only land-locked Afghanistan, but also the energy-rich nations of Central Asia.   The […]

Behind Xi Jinping ‘Smiling Diplomacy’ Is a Strategy to Stop the Revision of Japan’s Constitution

  On his trip to Da Nang in central Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the evening of November 11th, with both leaders vowing to further improve relations between their countries. The Prime Minister called for China to play a greater role in efforts to exert maximum pressure on North […]

Trump and Trade: Why Asia Has Much to Fear From US Protectionism

  A radical “America First” approach to trade is central to United States President Donald Trump’s foreign policy in Asia.   He speaks frequently of reaching “fair” trade arrangements, which benefit the US. In part, it was because of this and soon after Mr. Trump came to office that he blocked the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement involving Japan—much to […]